ACTING COLOUR SERGEANT HENRY STEWART MIDDLEMASS
On this day 10th December 1972 the Battalion would suffer its last KIA of the year on Operation BANNER.
Acting CSgt Stewart Middlemass was killed by a VOIED in Belfast whilst working with the Intelligence Section.
“Middy” joined the Regiment in 1960 as a piper, after a year he returned to Duty Company serving in Edinburgh and Aden. In 1964 he was promoted to Cpl and posted to the Depot returning to the Bn in 1967 and promoted to Sgt. In 1969 he was posted to Oswestry and had a very successful tour as an instructor of Junior Leaders. In 1971 he returned to the Bn and commanded A Coy Recce section on the 1971-72 tour in Belfast. Promotion to A/CSgt saw him posted to the Intelligence section for the 1972-73 tour.
At the time of his death “Middy” was due to attend the potential instructors’ cadre at RMAS.
“Middy” is remembered as a popular and highly skilled soldier and instructor.
“Middy” is laid to rest in Costorphine Hill Cemetery Edinburgh, Section B, grave no B803.
He is also remembered on our memorial in Palace Barracks Belfast.